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Ancient Greek Divination (Blackwell Ancient Religions)

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Ancient Greek Divination offers a broad yet detailed treatment of the attempts by ancient Greeks to seek the counsel of the gods. The first English-language survey of Greek divinatory methods, the book includes in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners, do-it-yourself methods of foretelling the future, magical divinatory techniques, and much more. Author Sarah Iles Johnston provides essential facts on each method and highlights its social and cultural significance, effectively illustrating how the study of divination illuminates the mentalities of ancient Greek religions and society.

The volume is illustrated and contains a chapter-by-chapter bibliography. Combining current scholarship with a lively and accessible style of writing, Ancient Greek Divination takes a new look at a phenomenon that was central to the lives of the Ancient Greeks.

Synopsis:

The first English-language survey of ancient Greek divinatory methods, Ancient Greek Divination offers a broad yet detailed treatment of the earliest attempts by ancient Greeks to seek the counsel of the gods.

  • Offers in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners, do-it-yourself methods of foretelling the future, magical divinatory techniques, and much more

  • Illustrates how the study of divination illuminates the mentalities of ancient Greek religions and societies

Synopsis:

Ancient Greek Divinationoffers a broad yet detailed treatment of the attempts by ancient Greeks to seek the counsel of the gods. The first English-language survey of Greek divinatory methods, the book includes in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners, do-it-yourself methods of foretelling the future, magical divinatory techniques, and much more. Author Sarah Iles Johnston provides essential facts on each method and highlights its social and cultural significance, effectively illustrating how the study of divination illuminates the mentalities of ancient Greek religions and society.

The volume is illustrated and contains a chapter-by-chapter bibliography. Combining current scholarship with a lively and accessible style of writing, Ancient Greek Divinationtakes a new look at a phenomenon that was central to the lives of the Ancient Greeks.

About the Author

Sarah Iles Johnston is Professor of Greek and Latin and Director of the Program in the Study of Religions at The Ohio State University. She is the author of Hekate Soteira (1990) and Restless Dead (1999) and the editor or co-editor of Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy and Art (1997), Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide (2004) and Mantike: Studies in Ancient Divination (2005). Her most recent book, which she co-authored with Fritz Graf, is Ritual Texts for the Afterlife: Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets (2007).

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Acknowledgments.

List of Abbreviations.

1. Why Divination?.

2. The Divine Experience Part One: Delphi and Dodona.

3. The Divine Experience Part Two: Claros, Didyma and Others.

4. Freelance Divination: The Mantis.

5. The Mantis and the Magician.

Index Locorum.

Subject Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405115728
Author:
Johnston, Sarah Iles
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Johnston, John
Author:
Johnston
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Divination
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Divination - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Divination - Greece
Subject:
Ancient & Classical Studies
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
Blackwell Ancient Religions
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
September 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
233 x 165.2 x 16 mm 16 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
Metaphysics » Divination
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , The first English-language survey of ancient Greek divinatory methods, Ancient Greek Divination offers a broad yet detailed treatment of the earliest attempts by ancient Greeks to seek the counsel of the gods.

  • Offers in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners, do-it-yourself methods of foretelling the future, magical divinatory techniques, and much more

  • Illustrates how the study of divination illuminates the mentalities of ancient Greek religions and societies

"Synopsis" by , Ancient Greek Divinationoffers a broad yet detailed treatment of the attempts by ancient Greeks to seek the counsel of the gods. The first English-language survey of Greek divinatory methods, the book includes in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners, do-it-yourself methods of foretelling the future, magical divinatory techniques, and much more. Author Sarah Iles Johnston provides essential facts on each method and highlights its social and cultural significance, effectively illustrating how the study of divination illuminates the mentalities of ancient Greek religions and society.

The volume is illustrated and contains a chapter-by-chapter bibliography. Combining current scholarship with a lively and accessible style of writing, Ancient Greek Divinationtakes a new look at a phenomenon that was central to the lives of the Ancient Greeks.

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